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. john kerry in 2004. governor ronald reagan in 1980 all picked up three points in the polls from the beginning of the debate ceres to the end. reagan only hat one debate. the first debate is the one that tends to set the tone. melissa: it sets the tone. he got a lot of good details out people were looking for. we have a full screen that shows his tax plan. he showed that he wanted across the board tax cuts for everyone. to make it revenue neutral depends on economic growth across the board. i believe in that. if you lower taxes that increases growth. that is the school of economic thought i studied. do you think the average american person believes if you lower rates across the board you can keep revenue the same or even raise it, if the economy agrees? >> well i think they believe that if, with the important addition that governor romney laid in there which was, he was going to in essence, pay for it, to make it revenue neutral, close loopholes, deductions, credits for the wealthy. average american looks attacks system, finds it too cumbersome, too expensive. and believes it is
with you a little bit. you go back to 2004. john kerry went into the '04 debates down six or seven points in the polls to bush. he ended up losing by two or three points. romney's only down three points. romney needs to carry -- >> but he didn't win. here's the other thing. the average going back to 68, the average undecided has been 13.5%. right now, you have a small undecided electorate out there. you've had $72 million spent by the super pacs attacking the president. what is mitt romney going to say that $72 million hasn't said about the president? is he going to sing -- >> please, no singing. >> isn't it the truth that voters discount what is said in ads, because they already think it's spined and they trust a little bit more what the candidates say? >> people hate negative ads. >> there's a reason why they keep doing it, because they work. >> here's the bottom line, though. annual one of five are watching it. the persuadable voters are watching "american idol" or "dancing with the stars." >> they're going to hear the news the next day. >> the opinion makers, the people that they talk
obama his foe mitt romney, massachusetts senator john kerry. they've been working on this debate for months and months. an interesting story over the weekend, a passage about what mitt romney's been doing. this from the "new york times." it says, "mr. romney's team has concluded that debates are about creating moments and has equipped him with a series of zingers he has memorizened and has been tracksing on aides since august." now, they're right debates are about moments but ain an amusin image. mitt romney sitting in a room peppering them with zingers. i would like to be on the wall hearing that. >> not about zingers, serious substantive policy. and in "the washington post" showing a virtual dead heat with the president and mitt romney. obama with a slight edge. 49-47%. but also in this survey, it delves down into the expectations game for this debate. what can you tell me about those numbers, peter? >> reporter: despite what chris christie said, and that is sort of another mixed message coming out of the romney campaign, romney is winning the expectations game if you look at t
a headline, "blame obama's lousy debate on john kerry. bring bill clinton as his debate coach." that's one person's opinion of the matter. nevertheless, no chance in that happening, but we know from what david axelrod has said and others, there will likely be a strategy change for the president in the next debate. >> no one knows why the president didn't do as well. i think that you're going to see a more focused president obama. actually, a more focused obama campaign team on preparation. this is a conversation we had about mitt romney and a lot of things he said shouldn't have been too surprising given all the republican debates we had seen over the past year or so. and president obama was caught flat-footed, his campaign was flat-footed. we'll see if the adjustments they end up making as david axelrod promised. >> what's the early word on the vice presidential debates? you have democrats off the record worried knowing that biden could give a make moment or a break moment. >> it's most watched tv. it's important to note that paul ryan has never been on this stage before. joe biden, given
relations committee chaired by democrat john kerry wrote the state department, they want to know if the u.s. had any intelligence a possible attack and if security forces assigned to our missions were well-equipped and what the forces did to protect personnel when they came under fire. one republican on the committee says the story right now just does not add up. >> the responses have been, have been varying degrees of what's happened. we have not been told clearly what has happened and i think the window has closed. now this is turning into something not short of benghazi-gate. >> reporter: many leaders on capitol hill were briefed by intel and administration officials days after the attack but were told the focus of the briefings was the anti-islam video, not terrorism and some of those leaders are not pleased about that. bill: i bet. peter doocy following that today on a friday. thanks. martha. martha: a majority of people are not happy with the way president obama handled the situation in libya. look at brand new fox news polls we've got in. 43% of likely voters say they disapprove ho
will change the race. we've seen mondale outperform president raleigh in 1984 and with john kerry defeated bush. neither kerry or mondale translated that into an election night win, although steve kornacki likes to think about a potential mondale president history. as the dust settles, they're back on the trail today. obama is en route to a rally in wisconsin, but earlier today in denver supporters saw the obama we hoped to see last night. >> when i got onto the stage, i met this very spirited fellow who claimed to be mitt romney. he said that he doesn't even know that there's such laws that encourage outsourcing, never heard of them. he said if it's true, he must need a new accountant. we know for sure it was not the real mitt romney, because he seems to be doing just fine with his current accountant. thank goodness somebody is finally getting tough on big bird. it's about time. >> that guy's a winner. mitt romney joining paul ryan this evening in my home state of virginia, but which mitt will show up? the mitt who won the debate by putting the president on the defensive, spoke directly t
, many media folks based on upon exit polls, they thought john kerry was going to be president. those exit polls were wrong. >> fox news apparently that night, they thought john kerry was going to win until the very end. >> and you have to remember the down ballot races matter a lot. let's say president obama does indeed win. >> congress and senate. >> then republicans are going, they need to redouble their efforts to retake the senate and that's already looking dicey. that's why president obama had active efforts in texas in 2008 because those down ballot races really matter for the future and for your leverage when you come into office. >> thanks to all three and please let us now whether you think the polls are actually reflecting the real numbers right now. >>> next, there are very conflicting stories about what happened that night in libya. it is now being called benghazi gate and police arrive at a gruesome murder scene and find a young television star dead in the driveway. >>> benjamin netanyahu drew a red line, literally, had the big, fat, wasn't a skinny little sharpie. it wa
about it. my take is president clinton had a great advice, and i think it was for john kerry in 2004, which is, always run as if the economy is doing well. his point about that was if you run on the message as romney has that the economy is in the tank and the president has messed it up, you better hope that the economic data is sufficiently bad leading up to the election that that argument that has real trenches. the problem is not that the economic data is so great, it's not. it's clearly not getting particularly worse, and there's a lot of evidence it's getting a little better in terms of jobs and income. that totally removes the steam from the argument of, you've messed everything up. >> sure. in addition to the actual data, there's some polling that indicates that people at least feel like the economy is improving, and the right track/wrong track question. a lot of folks more than six months ago saying we think the country is moving in a good directions. how does that happen? if the numbers aren't dramatically different how can people feel like things are okay. >> you have two p
has been rehearsing with john kerry. the senator from massachusetts and there will be some questions and a lot riding on it. john kerry has asked for serious answers and accounting for what's happened in libya the last couple of days. mr. romney has been sparring with rob portman the senator from ohio with mock debates. he will spend literally the next four days off the campaign trail heading preparing for it he will head to denver on monday. debate preps in boston. more closed door rehearsals leading up to wednesday. knows this is a big opportunity for him to regain momentum having slid in the polls for several weeks now. he talked a little bit on campaign plane as he was on his way back from philadelphia to boston where he will spend the weekend doing more research. watch. >> they will make the decision on what they believe is the best interest of the country and their own family. i expect to be able to describe that in a way people will understand. and if they do, i will get elected. romney was referring to the first opportunity to stand face to face with president obama and call
while obama is working with senator john kerry. latest polls covered with that 47% remark hurting romney. in the battleground state of pennsylvania today. >> -- make sure america leads in our homes, in our economy and in our military. i need something from you. that's my commitment to you. i need you to go out and find somebody who voted for barack obama and get him to vote for me. >> he's down but not out. can he turn it around with an october surprise? let's welcome stephanie cutter. it's going reasonably well for you guys. it's been a good couple weeks, really since the conventions. you've got a bit of momentum but i guess you're not taking this too complacently. >> no, absolutely not, piers. you know, debates can be a pivotal moment in campaigns. i remember eight years ago when john kerry was getting ready to debate george bush, we were eight points down. coming out of that first debate we were tied with george bush. so there is an opportunity for mitt romney if he takes advantage of it next wednesday night, to turn the momentum around. he not only has to win this debate but has to c
learned that senator john kerry is going to play the role of mitt romney in the president's practice sessions. ohio senator rob portman is portraying the president in mitt romney's debate preps. >>> general motors is recalling more than 40,000 cars. it is concerned about fuel pump modules that could crack and use a fire. the recall affects the 2007 to 2009 chevrolet cobalt and pontiac g5. gm will replace the fuel part for free. >>> yes, it is over officially. regular nfl refs will be back on the field tomorrow. the refs union formally ratify add new contract today. the nfl agreed to a deal with the union earlier this week which allowed those refs to return on thursday to a standing "o." critics said the performance of the replacement refs hurt the integrity of the game. >>> and winds ripping through the japanese island of okinawa is all from typhoon jelawat. at least 50 people suffered injuries while more than 270,000 homes have no power. the storm is expected to weaken as it moves north through cooler waters. >>> here's what else we're talking about tonight. a mentally disabled woma
for wednesday's showdown, we have learned a little inside info on how they're getting ready. senator john kerry will play the role of mitt romney when mr. obama holds his practice sessionings. and io senator rob portman is portraying the president during mitt romney's debate preps. >>> the pope's butler went on trial today. he is accused of stealing secret papers from pope benedict xvi and leaking them to an italian journalist. the butler faces a sentence of up to eight years if convicted. >>> a rival band honored florida a&m's suspended band today. halftime of this game is traditionally featuring a battle of the bands. familiaru's band is suspended after last year's hazing death of a drum major. by the way, southern won the game 21-14. >>> 24 hours without your cell phone. could you do it? >> right now, i'm in my own world. i'm disconnected. >> comedian dean obeidallah gave it a shot. >> you're out and about, not in front of a television. you can stay connected to cnn. pull it up on your cell phone or watch it from your computer even at work. just go to cnn.com/tv. [ male announcer ] the perfe
place wednesday night. president obama is using john kerry as his practice partner. the massachusetts senator is portraiting the former massachusetts governor who is mitt romney, and romney is using ron portman as his obama. paul steinhauser has more on their practice sessions. >> reporter: good morning, gary. you know, it's pretty obvious. one will definitely dominate this week in the race for the white hoe. >> i'm looking forward to the debates. >> reporter: and the first of the three showdowns comes wednesday night when president obama and republican nominee mitt romney face off in denver. both candidates have a lot on the line, especially the gop challenger, who a few days ago gave some insight into his debate preps. >> it's great to have senator rob portman. you know, he debates me from time to time. he is playing barack obama in these mock debates we have. i don't like him very much anymore, all right? he keeps on beating me up and i keep on going away shaking my head. >> reporter: romney flies to colorado monday to hold a rally that night before hunkering down for final prepara
the expectations game. >> oh, big time, they're trying to play that expectations game and got senator john kerry playing the role of mitt romney, and familiar with his record pack in massachusetts and familiar with this kind of podium and stage and the obama campaign is trying to stay woe is the president hasn't debated in four years, since he went toe to toe, a day job and commander-in-chief and only a few practice sessions not enough time like mitt romney has had to practice and then as you mentioned david plouffe who is on some of the sunday talk shows today. trying to lift expectations on the other side by mitt romney, saying he got an awful lot of practice back in that long drawn out republican primary, take a listen. >> listen, he's prepared more than any candidate i think maybe in history. certainly in recent memory. we believe that governor romney has been a good debater in the past, he's very prepared and the clever zingers and lines in hess pocket and we understand that he'll probably have a good night. >> and the obama camp feels good after what chris christie did said it's going to b
taking constructive criticism? is he bristoling? responding to jibes from john kerry playing mitt romney? >> well, the mood is a lot of hard work, you know, he's been able to take a couple of trips, you know, to the hoover dam and he went to visit our field office, but, you know, he's putting good time in to get ready for this debate. as you know we had to cut back other debate prep because of the job of being president, but he's taken the criticism well and i think that you'll see him show up tonight well prepared. >> there is a foreign policy debate exploding around him and this is supposed to be a domestic policy debate. the question now as darrell issa and know jason chav fits right letters to hillary clinton demanding answers to what happened in benghazi, questions about whether people there asked for more security, whether there was an intelligence failure, there's talk of plans for retaliation, if the targeting can be found, what is the response to the republican criticism and criticism from some democrats that this was not handled well? >> well, i'll leave some of the details to
it's a striking analogy but guess what, john kerry lost by the same amount he was trailing before that debate. so that gets to the question whether debates really have, whether they really matter that much. and i went back and looked at every debate and every poll before and after since 1960, and the only candidate who gained substantially from debates, jerry ford who blew the biggest debate night of his career. so i'm skeptical, particularly with a rather small group of persuadeables, even though mike murphy may be right i'm skeptical this is really going to change the playing field a lot. >> rose: mike murphy, how would you convince him. >> i think what happens now is romney has a huge opportunity because what happened tonight is not really a static thing, it's part of a dynamic process. so now, obama will fight off the process stories for a while. there's new interest in romney. they saw a guy tonight that a lot of the country would see romney through the filter of advertising saying wait a minute this is an interesting guy. the romney campai is going to have to harness that m
the debates. did he end up being president? no, he did not. >> john kerry. >> john kerry won the debates. he also did not end up being president. >> yeah, but, karen, i think what's different this time around is the absolute falsification that took place last night. it was breath-taking. it was almost -- well, it was shakespearean in terms of its performance. >> and you know what, martin, to that point, i think part of whether where i'd like to see the obama folks take this message is, we have already had a president who is very comfortable, and a vice president by the way, looking us straight in the eye and lying to us and sending men and women to war. do we want to have another president who can stand on the stage for 90 minutes and lie to the american people? i don't think that's what we want. i think that's dangerous for this country. i think they're really going to have to go hard at that. unfortunately, not a lot of people are reading the fact checks, right? we all know and a lot of the mi knew sha of the facts and where he was wrong and wasn't wrong, i don't know how much people are p
that the president's passive performance and it was quite passive, listless, may have been attributed in part to john kerry, his sparring partner in the prep sessions who is a leading contender to be secretary of state maybe not going tough toe-to-toe to him. my subsequent reporting has, in fact, contradicted that. john kerry, i was told by two eye witnesses was actually tougher inside than mitt romney was with barack obama. >> woodruff: so that's not it. >> no, i don't think that-- i do think what we concluded before, at least i heard several wise people say, presidential debates don't matter. this one mattered. the republicans were heading for the life boats before wednesday. i mean there was a sense of inevitability that romney was slipping, that he was going to lose. and that was totally turned around by what happened. he wiped the slate clean of what had been a bad, bad month of stumbles and gaffes and everything else. and the sense that the president was the inevitable winner i think was pierced. i don't think it was broken but i think it was pierced. and i think most of all, i come back to wha
ja vu of this election is 2004. okay? when john kerry couldn't describe his position was on the war of iraq, would he he have voted for it knowing what he knew at that time? how would he get out of it? it's one thing to deliver a critique of a sitting president with big challenges. even if you think that the sitting president is responsible for all of those challenges, as democrats thought about president bushes, they are now thinking about it with president obama. it's easy. when you say, i'm going to make it better, vote for me. people not unreasonably, not laugh blee say, how are you going to do that? what are you going to do? john kerry struggled with that question. mitt romney is struggling with that now. >> that seems to be the problem. what is the message besides we don't like president obama. >> my problem with the campaign is they really need to start delineating between what the obama campaipresidency looks li romney's presidentially will look like. i agree with you, we're getting down to the 11th hour and there's one final debate and i really hope that romney takes this t
for the "daily beast "the adviser and consultant of course for john kerry. and larry sabato who runs the university of virginia center for pol techs. larry, let me start with you. you're kind of the man in the middle here. where do you think the race stands right now? >> bob, i think the president is ahead. at my crystal ball station we have him at 290 electoral votes but some of those states are just barely leaning to him, like my native virginia. obama is ahead two or three points. the polls have him up higher than that, but i don't think he's really there. >> schieffer: ar let me just go to our map of the battled ground states here, nevada, new hampshire, north carolina, ohio, virginia, florida, iowa, wisconsin and colorado. i think most of the polls suggest now that the president is at least slightly ahead in all of these states, except possibly north carolina. cbs news is now calling ohio in fact leaning, leaning to the president not a toss-up state. does that sound about right to you? >> that sounds about right. i actually think north carolina is probably leaning to romney, des
and three other americans. lou: john kerry spent -- set to spend the next three days with the president outside las vegas preparing for that debate. one can only imagine the attention that might exist between the two. brad, let's turn to the issue of what the republicans are doing, what specifically governor romney is doing, and why there is such a -- it is a grievance lack of coordination of interest in the issue amongst governor romney, john boehner, mitch mcconnell, and the other leaders in the republican party including, of course, rnc chairman, reince. >> we need a united front. the administration lied because they didn't follow the narrative that bin laden's dead and gm is alive. bin laden is dead, great thing, but al-qaeda is alive and well and its affiliates killing u.s. ambassador and the three americans. where is the outrage, the legitimate outrage on the part of the republicans to come out to get to the baht dome of this? i think the story is going to have legs because it gets worse every day, and we should be dodging kerry now at every move saying what are you doing as a mem
john kerry playing mitt romney. romney, holding mock debates, senator rob portman playing the president. and tonight, in an effort to lower expectations, each campaign lavishing praise on the other guy. a senior romney adviser writing "president obama is a uniquely gifted speaker and is widely regarded as one of the most talented political communicators in modern history." the obama campaign saying of romney he'll be a "prepared, disciplined and aggressive debater," pointing to the 20 debates romney had in the primaries. and as we've seen before, debates can hinge on one moment. >> how has the national debt personally affected each of your lives and if it hasn't, how can you honestly find a cure for the economic problems of the common people if you have no experience in what's ailing them? >> well, i think the national debt affects everybody. obviously, it has a lot to do with interest rates. >> she's saying you personally. >> you. on a personal basis, how has it affected you? >> has it affected you personally? >> well, i'm sure it has. i love my grandchildren -- >> how? >> i want to th
was able to do. john kerry won it and took the race to almost even within two days. >> so a big opportunity for mitt romney this week. >> a huge opportunity for mitt romney. he could take this race in the states that he's losing right now and change the dynamic of this race just by standing on stage and performing well. >> so much riding on it. this first debate, viewers, anywhere between 50 million, 60 million viewers are the estimates. this year more important than ever the early voting that's taking place. >> early voting has taken place in key states like iowa right now and voters willing watching now, and voters are going to be wanting this. they're already voting, and the best thing about this debate for these guys, it's the first authentic moment in a while where voters want to tune in and pay attention. it's not a television ad, it's not a convention but a real authentic moment they really take cues from. >> it's something to think about. by election day a third of american voters might have already gone to the poll. >> campaigns used to have to plan toward one election day and now
-to-head. romney used senator rob portman of ohioo act as his opponent. john kerry played the role of roy for the president. supporters of each candidaty both men are ready. 00:10 "i think both of theme excellent in their own way.i think you could argue that t has had a lot more experien" :17 butt to: :00:46 "the president has a day job, the president's been president d has not had the time to practice, all we hear abouts that mitt romeny's been practicing, practicing practicing wherever he goes7 today, president obama headd headed to las vegas while mitt >>> i think that you could argue that mitt has had a lot more recent experience. >> the president has a day job, he has been the president and he does not have a lot to practice. all we hear about is how much mitt romney is practicing, practicing wherever he goes. >> today, president obama headed to las vegas for a campaign event, while mitt romney attended church in massachusetts. >>> one of the most highly contested states is nevada, where unemployment is 12.5%, the highest in the nation. their presidential race there is extremely clos
, but i certainly would not underestimate what barack obama brings to it. >> reporter: john kerry's playing romney with the president. in a weekend memo, republicans urged kerry to press the president on libya and syria. romney calls obama's foreign policy dangerous. romney's debate plan, clearly and concisely explain how he can fix the economy. >> i expect to be able to describe that in a way people will understand, and if they do, i get elected. >> reporter: his running mate, paul ryan, is already preparing for his own debate a week away. >> i really believe in the policies that we're providing, we're pursuing. and at the end of the day, i'm just going to go in there and be me. >> reporter: and if you can't control what actually happens in the debate, you certainly control what happens afterwards. the spin already in the planning. ryan's going to be with romney in virginia. the president is staying in colorado for a rally there. veronica? >> tracie, we appreciate it. thank you. >>> nato forces in afghanistan say three international service members and their translator were kille
and spa, 17 miles from the las vegas strip. presidential debate veteran senator john kerry is participating in the mock debates, pretending to be a different patrician wealthy massachusetts pol, mitt romney. yesterday, in las vegas, the president tried to lower expectations. >> i know folks in the media are speculating already on who's going to have the best zingers. >> you are! >> governor romney, he's a good debater. i'm just okay. >> reporter: a new "washington post"/abc news poll shows the president enjoys advantages going into this debate. 66% say his policies have favored the middle class, while 57% think romney's, instead, would favor the wealthy. but the campaign sees some liabilities, as well. the president can get peevish when challenged. >> you're likable enough, hillary. >> reporter: his debate prep team is also studying presidential debates of the last 20 or so years, focusing on unforced stylistic errors, such as al gore's exasperated sighs. the president is also quite verbose. when i asked him a two-part question in august, his answer was -- >> on afghanistan
. the president is in nevada. he stopped by a campaign office before heading to his practice sessions with john kerry. there are three debates scheduled. >>> ktvu will air the debate wednesda it begins at 6:00 p.m. president obama and mitt romney will answer questions about domestic policy. ktvu channel 2 news will air after that debate. >>> yahoo's ceo has a big job tonight, she is a new mo marissa mayer delivered a ba boy last night. her tweeabouthe re't al the name marimaplto ta fe a's can clev theifi clinth , a closcall at a of th restaurant, what authorities say about the two people the car it t hbuil. vo: for years, sacramento politicians have chopped away funds for our schools. today, we're forty-seventh out of fifty in per-pupil funding. now these politicians say unless we send more tax dollars to sacramento, they'll cut education again. here's a new approach. prop thirty-eight sends billions in new education dollars straight to our local schools, and guarantees the politicians can't touch it. thirty-eight will restore the education cuts from sacramento. so remember this number. thirty
primera vez, el presidente obama en nevada, como el senador john kerry actuando con mitt romney. >>> asÍ pueden tener un gran impacto, no siempre lo tienen, pero son claves ademÁs es octubre y son elecciones reÑidas. >>> buscan cÓnsono von cerconve votantes. >>> mitt romney va a venir muy preparado. >>> quieren controlar las expectativas. porque ellos mismos no saben quÉ es lo que va ra suceder. >>> la historia enseÑa que muchas veces, una lÍnea dura, una broma, un gesto, pueden decidir quien gana un debate y aÑadir un margen de ventaja uno fue el primer debate televisado en 1960, el mensaje f fue opacado como se veÍa el joven senador john kennedy, con richard nixon, incÓmodo y sudado. >>> la gente que vio el debate por televisiÓn, penso que lo habÍa ganado kennedy la gente que lo escuchÓ por radio. pensÓ que lo habÍa ganado nixon. >>> claro, kennedy era una figura mÁs atractiva. >>> los suspiros de un impaciente al gore, frente a george frente a george w bush causaron su derrota en los debates y puntos de elecciÓn ronald reagan, dijo que no explotarÍa la juventud y inex
a brief break for the president, who, like romney, has been rehearsing for days. senator john kerry is playing the role of romney in president obama's practice sessions. the campaign is managing expectations, saying last night, the president is out of practice. the last time he debated was four years ago. and, rob and paula, according to the latest abc news/"washington post" poll, 56% of americans expect president obama to win the debates. mitt romney told voters yesterday, that the debates are about more than who comes out on top. they are the chance for a month-long conversation with the american people. >> managing expectations, as always. tahman bradley, live in washington for us. thanks, tahman. >>> and abc news coverage of the debate begins tomorrow night at 9:00 eastern, 6:00 pacific. keep right here on abc. >>> and there is word this morning of a series of secret meetings at the white house. focusing on the threat from al qaeda in north africa. "the washington post" says the meetings came before the 9/11 attacks on u.s. compounds in libya. during the discussions, the possibi
practice sessions with former presidential candidate john kerry, playing the part of mitt romney. on monday, the president called campaign volunteers and told one of them what debate preparation is like. >> basically, they're keeping me indoors all the time. it's a drag. [ laughter ] >> they're making me do my homework. >> reporter: the stakes are high for the debate but both the white house and the romney campaign are trying to lower expectations. neither side wants their candidate to take the stage with a perceived advantage. the polls show most americans believe obama will win the first debate. >> thank you so much. >> reporter: but historically it's the challenger who usually gets a boost. >> less important than what they say is how they appear. do they treat their rival with respect? do they connect with the audience? do they respond at the moment when they have to react? how do they look? how do they seem? >> reporter: the debate could have an immediate impact because early voting is already under way in a couple of swing states. tara mergener for cbs news, the white house. >>> up nex
. as for the president, he is near las vegas today for his rehearsals with senator john kerry and was caught joking about them. >> basically they're keeping me indoors all the time. it's a drag. [ laughter ] >> they're making me do my homework. >> reporter: while both the president and romney appeared relaxed, there is a lot at stake for their first head-to- head battle. >> in any good debate, you want to have some things prepared in advance. you want to have memorable lines, surprise your opponent and knock them off their feet, and you want to be remembered for something. >> reporter: the "new york times" reports that the romney camp has prepared him with a series of, quote, zingers he can use tomorrow night. romney will likely be walking a fine line while the president will have to avoid appearing smug or condescending. >> mitt romney really has to take on the president forcefully but realistically if he wants to change the narrative of this campaign. >> the word on the street amongst folks i know in washington is that president obama really does not think very much of governor romney. and he wants to
practicing opposite senator john kerry as mitt romney,rehearsing keeping his answers tight. and aides are encourages him to be aggressive without overduing it. melissa wade is an expert on presidential debates and the head debate coach at emery university. >> they're trying to get the candidates to say the central message in as simple a form as possible with as much empathy as possible. >> reporter: one more note. both men will be joined by their wives tomorrow. ann romney says during past debates in the primaries, her husband routinely looked over at her for reassurance. meanwhile, tomorrow is the obama's 20th wedding anniversary. mrs. obama recently joked she would like her husband to write love you, honey on his hand so she and 50 million or so others can see it when he waives. >> as we said, all begins just over 24 hours from now. peter aim ex-an der already in the venue in denver and set tonight. thanks. >>> our political director chuck todd is also part of our team in denver, tonight debuting our pre-debate polling numbers. chuck, how interesting that 34 states are voting, but t
, barack obama ensaya en nevada con el senador john kerry actuando de rival y mitt romney en massachusetts con el senador rob portman quien hace el papel de obama ---todo el trabajo de la casa blanca ha quedado aplazado, asi como los mitines o cualquier otra actividad electoral.. ---el primero de 3 debates presidenciales se llevar a cabo en la universidad de denver y se espera que el tema central sea la economa ---desde esta maÑana, el presidente obama sigue liderando las encuestas en los 9 estados considerados claves para ganar la eleccion takevo blanca ---mientras... obama sigue ganando terreno con los votantes, el candidato republicano mitt romney sigue haciendo declaraciones polemicas. ---en una entrevista con el diario "the denver post", romney dijo que las personas que han recibido un permiso de trabajo bajo la "accion diferida", deben saber que.... de ser elegido presidente, estos seguirn teniendo validez. ---romney agrega que no va a quitarles algo que han comprado y prometi que antes de que se venzan, instrumentar una amplia reforma migratoria. ---sin embargo, romney nunca declar
debates under his belt. he's been practicing under senator john kerry. the president's goals are to keep his answers tight and be aggressive without overdoing it. a new poll in "the wall street journal" shows nearly 40% of registered voters say the upcoming debate are extremely or quite important to help them determine their vote. you can watch the debate tomorrow night at 6:00. >>> triple digits for the first week of fall. if you were outside or inside, you felt the heat. and the heat is still on tonight. san jose is in the 70s. san jose tied a record from 1986 with a high of 96. let's bring in jeff raineri. not only hot. but some of the hottest temperatures of the year. >> looks like it. as we headed throughout the day, not only of the season but of the past 12 months, this will rank in the top-five hottest days on the first full week of fall. gilroy 107. san francisco at a very sweltering 94. just two degrees away from setting a record in the city. not only interior valleys. but also at the coastline getting hot. that's how rare this heat event was. we're going to get 60s in san franc
with massachusetts senator john kerry his sparring partner they will head to colorado soon enough, though. both of them are in essence cramming for the big test tonight. number twos were duking it out on the trail and that got some unexpected attention yesterday vice vice presidemitt romney cae by the middle class. >> this is deadly earns, deadly earns. how they can justify how they can justify raising taxes on the middle class is buried the last four years. how in the lord's name can they justify? >> vice president biden just today said the middle class over the last four years have been quote buried. we agree. stop digging by electing mitt romney the next president of the united states. >>> and that exchange right there may be a pretty good preview of what we are going to hear tonight from the presidential candidates this is a debate that will focus entirely on domestic issues. that means a lot of talk about the economy and taxes. back to you guys. >>> thank you, doug. tonight's debate a big talker this morning. we are hearing from the man who helped prepare romney for his primary debate bret
/bush debate, where john kerry took the battle to george bush. and bush, the president, seemed very uneasy, didn't seem comfortable and like he wanted to be challenged. that's what i felt tonight. the challenger, mitt romney, seemed more presidential than the president. more in command of his facts, his arguems and his principles. i thought the answer on the government, re-- referring back to the constitution, veryesquive. obama seemed nervous, ill at ease and off his game and because of the fact that romney was always looking at obama when obama was talking to him, much better than when obama was talking and looking down, like he was being lectured. i think we have to talk about the debate and the debate rules and the moderator. you know, the idea -- they were very excited, the debate commissioned about the 15-minute pods to allow more exchange. but it allowed more, longer speeches and talking points. jim lehrer, a man for whom i have tremendous esteem, seemed to lose control of the debate, occasionally. he seemed to throw something out there to keep the conversation going, sometimes it s
huckabee and michele bachmann's. and michael meehan, former senior advisor for senator john kerry suggesting it is actually a record breaking viewership that watched last night, more than the first debate in 2008. there were huge, huge numbers of people watching last night. today we have seen the obama team come out and first, they tried to say mitt romney was testy. then they tried to say it was just a performance. now they have come out with an ad suggesting that he was rude. and question, ed, whether, a, that is the best we're going to see from the team, and b, does that have an impact on what we saw last night? >> nothing has an impact on the 55 million people who watched it or anybody who picked up a newspaper today other than the fact that the projection is that romney did a very effective job and he won by all determinations, exit polls, any rest of it. he basically came in with a real gameplan. he laid out in a very gentle way, not a harsh way, all the things he thinks is wrong with the president and the president's plans. the president for whatever reason was not able to
who won the debate. i used to be one of those guys. i knew for sure that john kerry won all three of his debates against george bush. but of course he didn't. this is a good time to think about what it means to win a debate. in high school and college debates there are judges to decide which debaters who actually won. those debates have real winners. winners who get real trophies. no one got a trophy but plenty of people guessed at who would have gotten a trophy. the question is they were debating for votes and those votes wouldn't be counted until next month. so all of the winner talk you have withbeen hearing is just guessing and all of the guessers have been wrong before. my guess is about who won debates have been wrong many times which is why it was so easy for me to resist guessing who one last night. you know court reporters are smarter about this. court reporters have seen high priced defense lawyers deliver brilliant closing arguments. court reporters don't even say who won. they wait, they wait hours sometimes days for the jury to vote and then tell them who won. court r
mock debates under his belt, the president rehearsing opposite john kerry. melissa wade is an expert on presidential debates and the head debate coach at emery university. >> they're trying to get the candidates to say the central message in as simple a form as possible with as much empathy as possible. >> reporter: one more note. both men will be joined by their wives tomorrow. ann romney says during past debates, her husband routinely looked over at her for reassurance. tomorrow, is the obama's 20th wedding anniversary. mrs. obama recently joked she would like her husband to write love you, on his hand so she and millions of americans can see it when he waves. >> peter, thanks. >>> our political director chuck todd is also part of our team in denver, tonight debeauing our predebate numbers. how interesting that 34 states are voting, but this race is on the move, either a gaffe or a big moment at one of these debates could change the numbers further. >> reporter: look, it's absolutely true. and let's look at our new poll. there are two numbers that matter more when judging whether a
will be a formidable. it will be a good debate. >> john kerry is playing romney. republicans urge him to press him on libya. brown recalls president obama's foreign-policy dangers. the plan is how he can fix the economy. >> i will be able to explain that in a way that people will understand. >> paul ryan is preparing for its own debate it week away. >> i believe in the policies that we're providing an pursuing. i will go in there and be me. >> both candidates preparing their post debate rallies. tracie potts, wbal-tv 11 news. >> 5:48. 50 degrees at the airport. the orioles are in the playoffs and headed to the big dance. >> the birds need to buckle down in tampa. >> here is a look at last night's winning maryland lottery numbers. okay, what'ya havin? i'll have the build your own burger with a... sunny-side up egg, jack cheese, jill. and, uh... make it a double. inspiration can come from anywhere. build your own burgers are now at denny's. number of students that wea lot of problehave.th the... resources. materials. things that the children need... on a day-to-day basis. anncr: question seven will
of ohio to act as his opponent while preparing for the debate.... and john kerry played the role of romney stand-in...for president obama. the president has a day job, the presiden'ts been president and has not had the time to practice, all we hear about is that mitt romney's been practicing practicing, practicing wherever he goes. i think mitt romney is going to come in there very prepared, he's going to do very well because he's done very well in all of the debates i think sometimes we expect a major breakthrough, you know a comment. that doesn't happen very often. it happened with reagan and mondale. it happened with reagan and carter, but frankly, i can't remember the last time there was one of these comments that grabbed everybody's attention because, frankly, the candidates are too well prepared. they're well scripted. on sunday, president obama headed to las vegas for a campaign event -- while mitt romney attended church in massachusetts....before hunkering down for final debate preparations. i'm cristina mutchler reporting. actress lindsey lohan has another run in
are you? >> the president and romney have for days.rsing senator john kerry is playing of mitt romney in mr. obama's practice sessions. the last time the president debated was four years ago and of practice, he says. 56% of americans expect president obama to win the debate. said yesterday the debate is more than just who top. out on tahman bradley, abc news. >> it is 63 degrees outside. still ahead, there could be adrivers with still ahead, there could be adrivers with eggs, bacon, and pancakes. denny's everyday value slam is four dollars every day. wait, is that right? eggs, bacon, pancakes. yeah. that's right. the four dollar everyday value slam. only four dollars every day. only at dey's. (bell ringshi. yes? you know those delicious granola bunche yes? in honey bunches of oats? i love those. we've added more to every box. really? wow! honey bunches of oats. make your day bunches better. >> good morning. meteorologist jacqui jeras. there are showers across northern virginia. doing okay inside the beltway. fauquier and rappahannock and madison county they are .eeing wet weather righ
? walter mondale schooled ronald reagan went on to lose. john kerry won all three debates against george bush. it will take a couple more weeks of campaigning and a few more debates to see if the opening means romney is moving up in the polls. >> best and worst moments for each candidate? >> best for romney won a wanted to raise up tax revenue by getting people to work so they have more taxes to pay. obama said we have not heard specifics from romney. is because the specifics are too good? the specifics are bad news. obama had to explain why obamacare was good. he should be able to do that in his sleep. if he can explain why obamacare is good, he is in trouble. romney said if that is true, i need a new accountant. to suggest romney needs a new accountant is something you could see any democratic commercial coming up. >> always fun to talk with you. police have identified three officers. some of the names are familiar. jennifer franciotti joins us live to explain. >> good morning. the three names have been released. one of those officers has been sued in the past for excessive force. loca
of ambassador christopher stevens and three others. john kerry is rumored to be the president's choice to be hillary clinn'
at the same time thereafter 30 polls bush was at or above 50% john kerry was five points behind in "the new york times" said it is too close to call. he is at or above the number half the time and two and a half times as much this is the blowout? no. it is a close race. obama's problem he cannot get 50% the number on the election day is likely to be less than your final number because your detractors will vote against you. gerri: it is about the spin. thank you for coming. enjoy the debate. pundits and politicos debates of the long run but they cannot blasted the memorable moments. number 51992. vice presidential showdown with james stock dale. >> admiral stock dale? >> who am i? why am i here? [laughter] [applause] gerri: that moment lead to ridicule and the saturday night live skit he only decided to participate one week prior and did ask the moderator to repeat the question. number four. out course. >> i get something positive done on behalf of the people. that is the question not your philosophy your position but can you get things done? [laughter] i believe that i can. gerri: remember
and with massachusetts senator john kerry, who is playing mitt romney in mock debates. mitt romney and john kerry know each other well. they're both longtime politicians from massachusetts. so kerry knows romney's politics. and the reason, of course, that the obama campaign is working so hard to tamp down expectations, norah and charlie, is that they like the trajectory of the race right now. they don't want to do anything to change it. >> no doubt. thank you. both sides are trying to lower expectations for the debate because any misstep has the potential to derail a campaign. both candidates have both good and bad moments from their debate history. >> john, you're absolutely right that presidents have to be prudent in what they say, but coming from you, in the past, have threatened extinction for north korea and sang songs about bombing iran. i don't know how credible that is. >> he's very likable. i agree with that. i don't think i'm that bad. >> you're likable enough, hillary. [ laughter ] >> i appreciate that. >> mr. speaker, i know that sounds like an enormous revelation, but have you checked you
for the american people. also democratic senator john kerry called rice, quote a remarkable public servant and state department put out a statement defending rice's comments to those sunday shows. the statement said, quote, at every turn, ambassador rice said she was providing the best information and best assessment that the administration had at the time. based on what was provided to ambassador rice and other senator senior intelligence committee but they knew one day of the assault that it was a coordinated terror attack likely tied to al-qaeda. congressman king wants to know why ambassador rice went on tv five days after the attack and said otherwise. >> the entire administration, miss informed the world and she was our representative to the world explaining what happened. virtually everything she said was wrong and the administration is trying to cover it by saying she was given the best information available at the time. >> molly: a spokesperson for james clapper says assessment was a spontaneous attack but at some point, that assessment changed and the intelligence community determ
of the mistakes owe obama made was having john kerry, the senator of massachusetts play mitt romney. he wants to be secretary of state in a second obama administration if he wants to. i bet he was not tough on obama. when romney began seriously responding to obama's attacks and romney began going on the offensive on obama's record i think the president was stunned and said, hey this isn't what john kerry did in the practice debates. what is going on here. i worked for vice president quail he did a good job on his debate in 92, he we briefed it, he practiced. you going on that stage, it's you and he alone, i give mitt romney a lot of credit for last night. jenna: we'll continue to watch your writing inks in "the weekly standard" and all your appearances on fox. thank you for joining us. >> my pleasure. jon: president obama is back on the campaign trail today after less than stellar reviews on his performance in last night's debate. a live look now where the president is speaking any minute at an event in denver. chief white house correspondent ed henry is there and joins us live. the president
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